After keeping a low profile in the past year, actor Charlie Sheen is set to make a big personal announcement on NBC’s Today with Matt Lauer at 11am this Tuesday.
However, sources are already predicting that this “personal announcement” is about Charlie Sheen’s HIV status.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) November 16, 2015
Sheen has reportedly been HIV-positive for years and has been taking medication to control the effects of the disease.
However, a “well-placed” source said that the virus is “nearly invisible” in his blood.
“He’s all right. He’s undetectable,” said the source on Monday.
Unfortunately, even if Sheen’s supposed HIV virus is undetectable, it does not mean that he is cured of the disease.
“We imagine by these comments Sheen is referring to ‘undetectable viral load,'” said Simon Ruth, chief executive of the Victorian AIDS Council.
“Having an undetectable viral load does not mean that a person is not HIV-positive, and it does not mean that they are free of HIV. However, a person living with HIV on effective antiretroviral treatment can have HIV in their system at levels below current methods of detection (less than 20 copies of the virus per mL of blood). We refer to this as having an ‘undetectable viral load.'”
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“All the studies currently say that if you’re undetectable, you’re not infectious,” he added.
However, Ruth cautioned that people who have been diagnosed with HIV will “always have the virus.”
Still, The National Enquirer cited a source, saying Sheen’s outlook remains positive.
The tabloid has also gotten ahold of a text message from Sheen’s ex-wife Brooke Mueller, sent to the actor’s former personal assistant.
MUST READ! See the explosive texts from Brooke Mueller about Charlie Sheen’s HIV! https://t.co/YK4V80owJ2
— Radar Online (@radar_online) November 16, 2015
The text message reportedly reads: “I couldn’t handle the HIV news. Just six months ago I was diagnosed with the eye disease and then Charlie potentially giving me HIV.”
“I started doing heavy drugs with Charlie, staying up for days and it made my brain misfire.”
Sheen and Mueller, 38, were married in 2008, and have twin sons, Bob and Max.
Following the alleged revelation of his HIV status, a series of pictures were posted online showing Sheen hugging Mueller and their kids in a tender moment. The pictures were said to be taken over a month ago.
Since learning about his condition, Sheen has kept it secret from the public, confiding in only a few of his closest friends. However, some reports claim that some of these so-called friends were, in fact, the ones responsible for spreading the news, even to the 50-year-old actor’s former lovers.
— National Enquirer (@NatEnquirer) November 16, 2015
As a result, Charlie Sheen’s ex-lovers have allegedly threatened him with lawsuits because they claim to have been in the dark about his possible disease when they interacted with him.
“Our sources say Charlie settled several of the cases and, in return for money, got confidentiality agreements,” said TMZ in a report.
Meanwhile, Sheen’s first ex-wife Denise Richards reportedly knew about his condition when he got it in 2006, right after their divorce.
— People magazine (@people) November 16, 2015
A source told Access Hollywood that Richards has known about the HIV condition for “a number of years” now. The same source stated that she was not infected with the virus.
Fortunately, the former couple’s two daughters – Sam, 11, and Lola, 10, are not infected with the virus either.
Despite the rumors that Richards, 44, knew about the condition and has kept it secret for years, there seems to be a wide gap between her and Sheen.
The actor recently blasted the Wild Things actress on Twitter, calling her a “lab rat,” a “terrorist,” and “the worst mom alive.”
As for Charlie Sheen’s live interview on Tuesday, Hollywood publicist Howard Bragman said that it could “open up a lot of sympathy” for the actor.
The former Two and a Half Men star lost his role on the show after a public meltdown. FX did not renew his last known project, Anger Management, when it ended in 2014.
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